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Comcast Ventures leads $4.5 million round of funding for Enigma

January 31, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Enigma, a search and discovery platform for public data, announced it had raised $4.5 million in a first round of funding that was led by Comcast Ventures. Other participants in the funding round included American Express Ventures, Crosslink Capital and the New York Times Company. 

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Penthera elects Griffith to board

January 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Penthera’s board of directors recently elected Melani Griffith to its board of directors. Penthera hired Griffith, who formerly worked with Penthera president and CEO Michel Willner at Insight Communications, last year as its executive vice president of business development.

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Incognito hires Pete Koat as CTO

January 30, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments

Koat was a co-founder of Skitter.TV, a video platform for encoding, managing, streaming, and viewing converged Internet television and video on demand, as well as live broadcast and satellite TV. After that, he served as co-founder of Libré Communications, best known for its encloudHD platform, which allows companies to use live video streaming to broadcast content over the Internet.

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TWC offers details on slate of service improvements

January 30, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.

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Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

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TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

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Active Broadband enables prepaid broadband option

January 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Once the PPSS system is installed, subscribers can then be allowed to buy a cable modem at retail. When they plug it in, Active Broadband’s PPSS system provides the portal that pops up, activates and provisions the modem, authorizes the standard credit or debit cards customers use to pay with, and manages the service.

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AT&T revenue up on U-verse, wireless data growth

January 29, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T has been gradually extending the reach of its fiber, which serves to help accelerate DSL speeds. The company said that nearly two-thirds of the U-verse TV footprint, cutting across markets in nearly 40 states, can now get broadband speeds up to 45 megabits per second.

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Cablevision turns on Wi-Fi access at 11 NJ Transit stations

January 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi service is now live at 11 NJ Transit stations. The 11stations, which include the major hubs of NJ Transit, were the first to be outfitted with Optimum WiFi as part of the 20-year partnership between NJ Transit and Cablevision that was announced in June.

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TiVo forks out $135 million in cash to buy Digitalsmiths

January 29, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In an effort to speed up its evolution to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, TiVo announced this morning that was buying search and recommendation vendor Digitalsmiths for $135 million in cash. Once it passes the customary closing conditions, the deal is slated to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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Former Moto exec Moloney joins Lantiq’s board

January 29, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.

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CTI Towers buys four towers, hires Ryan for M&A

January 29, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Ventures-backed CTI Towers announced today that it had bought four new towers from NTCH in Amarillo, Texas. CTI Towers, which was formed three years ago with towers that were previously owned and operated by Comcast Cable, also announced it had hired Joe Ryan for the new role of vice president of acquisitions.

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Google Glass now includes prescription frames

January 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses. The company will offer four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers" — the people who are trying out Glass.

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ZCorum debuts DOCSIS upstream tester

January 28, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company’s Pre-Equalization Analyzer uses technology from Nimble This to analyze the pre-equalization data from cable modems. The new ZCorum tester can not only identify upstream impairments, but also determine the location of the impairment and the severity of the impairment.

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Envivio bows new rev of network management system

January 28, 2014 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Once known as 4Manager, it will now be referred to as Guru, though it gets to keep its revision number. Guru 4.0 includes a new and improved user interface, as well as tools such as enhanced monitoring, connectivity enhancements, device auto-discovery and scheduled service control.

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